Flood submerges over 150 Kogi communities

Kogi Flood Credit: The Guardian

The Kogi State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Sanusi Yahaya said over 150 communities in nine Local Government Areas of the State have been submerged by flood.

Yahaya disclosed this on Saturday in Lokoja after a stakeholders’ meeting at the State Emergency Operation Centre.

Yahaya also said that, the LGAs severely affected are: Ibaji, Kogi Koton Karfe, Lokoja, Ofu, Ajaokuta, Omala and Idah, adding that over 90 per cent of Ibaji communities have been submerged.

According to NAN, the commissioner, who also is the State Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre said that out of the nine LGAs located along the banks of River Niger and Benue, seven LGAs were severely affected while the situation was not so bad in the two other LGAs.

Residents of flood-prone areas and affected communities have been advised to relocate to safer places or move to any of the over 20 state or local governments camps nearest to them.

“Particularly, the majority of communities at Ibaji are underwater, and many households have been affected and displaced.

“As we speak, the water level has risen very high to about 10.60m on Saturday in Lokoja from the report of the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency.

“In the last few days, many communities, settlements have been displaced as a result of flooding,” he said.

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